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Devoured  ib  tKe 
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All  Mission 
iiv  France 

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Friends  of  the  Mission  when  in  Paris  should  always  consult  the 
church  notices  in  the  Saturday  (Paris)  New  York  Herald  for  news  of 
McAll  Meetings. 

The  sad  news  has  just  reached  us  of  the  death  of  Dr. 
Hastings-Burroughs,  for  more  than  thirty-five  years  a  volun- 
teer worker  in  the  Mission,  both  as  physician  and  evangehst. 
For  the  greater  part  of  this  time  he  has  been  the  exceedingly 
efificient  director  of  the  work  at  St.  Etienne.  No  particulars 
have  as  yet  come  to  hand.  A  more  extended  notice  will  appear 
in  our  next  issue. 

The  need  of  a  summer  vacation  home  or  camp  is  all  the 
more  earnestly  felt  by  the  Paris  workters,  because  of  the  great 
good  wrought  by  the  temporary  accommodations  they  were 
able  to  obtain  at  Chaintreauville  last  summer.  A  number  of 
delicate  children  were  given  a  few  weeks  there,  and  some 
young  girls,  members  of  our  Young  Girls"  Union — girls  threat- 
ened with  tuberculosis,  or  other  maladies  incident  to  their 
daily  toil. 

From  Paris  we  learn  that  the  Mission  has  lost  but  two 
collaborators  killed  on  the  field  of  battle,  namely,  Pastor  Jean 
j\Iorel,  director  of  the  SoUdarite  of  Roubaix,  killed  October, 
1914,  in  a  trench,  and  Pastor  de  Richemond,  who  directed  the 
mission  hall  at  Rochefort,  killed  by  a  shell  splinter  while  in 
a  first  aid  post,  where  he  was  exercising  his  ministry  of  chap- 
lain among  the  wounded.  But  many  collaborators  or  members 
of  the  Committee  of  the  Mission  have  lost  sons.  These  are : 
Francis  Monod,  son  of  Pastor  Paul  Monod,  of  Lille,  and 
cousin  of  M.  Gustave  Monod,  former  member  of  the  Mission 
Committee.  Frank  Escandc,  son  of  the  former  director  at 
Crenelle.  Bertie  Greig,  son  of  the  former  director  of  the  Mis- 
sion.   Henri  Gounelle,  son  of  the  former  director  of  Rue 


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d'Allemagne.  Rene  dc  Grcnicr-Latour,  son  of  the  director  of 
Salle  Ceutralc.  Viiiard,  son  of  the  pastor  vvlio  helps  us  at  the 
Boulevard  Bonne  Xouvelle  hall.  M'crlin.  son  of  a  member  of 
the  Committee.    BcnJiam,  son  of  our  former  treasurer. 

The  ]\Iission  work  in  Marseilles  is  deeply  bereaved  by  the 
death  of  Pastor  Emile  Ilouter,  long  President  of  the  French 
Mission  Interieitre,  and  for  many  years  a  member  of  the 
McAll  Committee  at  Marseilles  and  a  most  acceptable  preacher 
in  its  halls.    He  was  71  years  of  age. 

The  question  of  light  and  heat  has  again  become  a  press- 
ing one  during  these  short,  cold  days  of  winter.  At  Nemours, 
where  many  refugees  are  sheltered,  though  in  the  mining 
region,  those  directing  the  work  are  face  to  face  with  the 
problem.  Let  us  hope  that  none  of  our  halls  need  be  closed 
on  this  account  during  this  fourth  winter  of  the  war. 

M.  Gallienne  continues  with  much  encouragement  his 
work  in  Bizerta  among  the  sailors  and  marines  in  that  naval 
base.  He  has  founded  a  Fraternitc  for  sailors,  and  has  started 
a  paper  as  its  organ.  He  is  also  preparing  what  was  one  of 
the  most  evil  places  of  amusement  in  the  town  as  a  large  club 
for  soldiers  and  sailors,  where  wholesome  recreation  will  be 
provided,  and  where  the  men  will  find  a  warm  welcome  and  a 
place  of  rest  and  refuge  from  temptation.  The  Mission  is 
bearing  the  expenses  of  this  new  effort. 

When  war  w'as  declared  by  America,  Senator  Reveillaud, 
who  has  long  been  a  member  of  the  Paris  Board,  wrote  a 
stirring  poem  on  L'Aide  Amcricaine ,  in  which  he  briefly 
reviewed  our  national  history  and  eulogized  our  national  devo- 
tion to  Duty.  Shortly  after  he  delivered,  in  the  Church  of  the 
Rue  de  Berri,  at  the  request  of  the  Y.  M.  C.  A.  Committees  of 
the  senior  group,  a  highly  appreciated  address  on  "The  French 
Revolution  in  its  Relation  to  the  American  Revolution."  At 
this  meeting  Ambassador  Sharp  presided.  M.  Reveillaud  is 
about  to  bring  out  a  volume  of  Poems  prophetiqiies  et  pat- 
riotiques.  (Prophetic  and  Patriotic  Poems)  in  which  the  one 
above  alluded  to  will  find  a  place. 

special  Notices 


Those  of  our  readers  who  met  I^astor  Charles  Merle 
d'Aubigne  when  he  was  in  this  countr\'  as  a  (lelej4ate  from  the 
French  evangelical  societies,  will  he  interested  to  learn  of  the 
marrias^e  of  his  son,  M.  Kmile  Merle  d'Aubisne,  which  took 
place  on  July  12th.  The  hride  was  Mile  Yvonne  Ileribel. 
Pastor  Charles  Merle  d'Auhi^ne  is  brother  of  Pastor  Henri 
Merle  d'Aubigne,  director  of  our  Rue  Nationale  and  IJicetre 
halls,  of  Mile  Julie  Merle  d'Aubij4ne  and  Mme  Bieler.  It  is 
good  to  know  that  this  ray  of  brightness  has  come  to  cheer 
our  distinguished  and  devoted  friends,  forty-five  members  of 
whose  family  are  with  the  colors. 

The  American  interdenominational  Church  in  the  Rue  de 
P)erri,  which  is  for  the  second  time  rejoicing  in  the  pastorate 
of  the  Rev.  Chauncey  W.  Coodrich,  D.D.,  celebrated  the  sixtieth 
anniversary  of  its  founding  last  October.  During  all  these 
years  its  services  have  never  been  interrupted  except  for  a  few 
weeks  in  1871  during  the  greatest  excesses  of  the  Commune. 
From  the  opening  of  the  first  hall  of  the  Mission  Populaire 
the  Church  has  been  its  zealous  friend  and  to  its  then  pastor, 
the  late  Dr.  Hitchcock,  is  primarily  due  the  interest  of  Amer- 
ican members  of  the  Church  and  transient  visitors  in  its 
activities.  A  notice  of  the  McAll  IMission  appears  in  every 
one  of  its  monthly  or  weekly  bulletins. 

Unhappily,  the  beloved  director  of  Salle  Centrale  (New 
York  hall),  after  his  return  from  the  vacation  made  neces.sary 
by  exhausted  forces,  was  accidentally  injured  by  a  blow  on  the 
head,  received  in  the  gymnasium  at  Pierre  Levee,  when  an 
iron  liar  dropped  on  him.  Nevertheless,  he  writes :  "I  am 
able  to  continue  my  activity  and  I  am  happy  to  tell  you  that 
up  to  the  present  I  am  very  much  encouraged,  above  all  in  our 
work  for  the  young  people.  Our  schools  constantly  increase  in 
numbers  and  Mr.  McAll  has  helped  us  two  or  three  times  with 
our  instruction  and  has  brought  to  visit  us  a  number  of  Amer- 
icans, who  were  captivated  with  the  bearing  and  discipline  of 
the  two  hundred  children  of  our  Thursday-school,  as  also  w  ith 
their  singing."  The  letter  closes  with  :  "I  have  good  news 
from  Frank"  (his  second  son,  now  in  Macedonia).  "Mv  son 
George  has  begim  his  studies  in  medicine  and  my  daughter 
Lily  is  preparing  to  be  a  trained  nurse." 


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]\Tr.  Reginald  McAll's  early  impressions  of  the  Mission 
Popiilairc  were  suninied  up  in  these  words,  written  Novem- 
ber 8th : 

The  general  impression  and  reaction  of  the  work  is  tliat  it  is  so 
absohitely  the  logical  channel  through  which  to  work  that  the  only  pity 
is  that  it  is  not  far  larger!  The  work  counts  so  wonderfully,  and  the 
results  are  not  hard  to  see.  The  children's  faces  in  any  of  the  Ecoles 
de  Garde  are  a  perfect  study  of  need  and  response. 

The  wisdom  of  the  Paris  Board  in  inviting  Mr.  McAll  to 
go  to  France  and  of  the  American  Board  in  sending  him  is 
already  amply  justified  in  his  active  and  successful  efforts  to 
awaken  Americans  now  in  Paris  to  the  knowledge  of  and  inter- 
est in  the  Mission.  A  recent  letter  from  him  gives  a  long 
list  of  "people  who  are  being  interested  in  the  Mission."  Men 
and  women  from  Brooklyn ;  Norwich,  Conn. ;  Bethlehem,  Pa. ; 
from  the  Universities  of  Vermont;  Berkeley,  Cal. ;  Harvard; 
from  Philadelphia,  Northfield,  New  York,  Tarrytown,  N.  Y. ; 
Cleveland,  Ohio — several  of  them  representing  important 
relief  agencies,  Red  Cross,  Foyers  du  Soldat,  Y.  M.  C.  A.  and 
others  functioning  in  France,  have  been  brought  to  see  the 
outstanding  importance  of  the  Mission.  Such  a  sphere  of 
activity  as  this,  so  faithfully  occupied,  would  alone  justify 
Mr.  McAll's  espousal  of  the  Mission,  if  he  entered  none  other 
of  its  fields.    He  writes  again : 

Now,  I  want  to  help  see  that  every  American  man  who  is  over  here 
on  serious  business  gets  a  chance  to  see  and  at  least  know  about  the 
McAll  work.  There  will  be  some  hundred  thousands  of  them,  and  a 
•  goodly  proportion,  if  they  only  knew  what  it  is,  and  with  their  present 
earnest  mood,  would  not  miss  seeing  it  for  worlds.  You  can  help  in 
one  way.  Put  a  note  in  the  next  Record,  asking  every  woman  to  write 
her  men  folks  who  are  over  here  to  come  and  look  us  up.  Tell  them 
to  write  me  in  care  of  the  Mission  at  Pierre  Levee,  and  I  will  make 
an  appointment  with  them.  All  the  hotels  where  American  soldiers 
will  come  will  have  our  new  pamphlet  when  that  comes  out.  I  have 
been  working  on  it  a  little  myself,  and  hope  to  see  it  out  shortly. 
I  have  not  time  to  write  up  an  appeal  to  the  women  now,  but  don't 
let  it  get  out  of  the  January  issue ! 

So  here  it  is !  Let  every  reader  of  The  Record  take  note, 
and  "act  accordin',"  as  the  Yankee  woman  said. 

Ne7vs  from  Pivcs-LiUe 


"Tlie  war  orphan  work  is  going  on  well,"  Mr.  McAll 
continues,  and  concludes  with  : 

The  work  is  perfectly  splendid,  and  the  needs,  and  quality  of  the 
workers  are  both  iirst  class. 


tlENRi  Nick 

[At  last,  after  long  anguish  of  ignorance  of  the  fate  of  his  beloved 
people.  Chaplain  Nick  has  been  able  to'  gather  up,  from  repatriated  per- 
sons, some  facts  as  to  what  is  going  on  in  that  still  closed  district.  From 
an  article  by  him  under  the  above  caption  in  Le  Christiantsnie  of  Novem- 
ber 8th,  we  translate  the  following. — Editor.] 

Are  they  not  too  old  to  be  called  "news"?  What  does 
that  matter,  so  long  as  they  are  welcomed  by  the  friends  of  our 
works  in  the  North. 

An  eminent  Protestant  has  expressed  his  fears  that  nothing 
of  them  all  would  remain  after  the  war.  How  long  would  it 
be  before  commercial  and  industrial  life  can  revive  in  these 
devastated  regions?  Even  if  the  inhabitants  who  fled  or  were 
deported  return  they  will  find  no  means  of  earning  a  liveli- 
hood. A  few  factory  buildings  are  still  standing,  but  their 
machinery  and  supplies  have  been  carried  to  Germany.  In 
such  towns  as  Lievin  the  returned  inhabitant  will  find  neither 
house  nor  land ;  nothing  but  a  nameless  chaos  of  burnt  out 
craters,  excavated  by  bombs. 

How  is  it,  how  will  it  be,  with  Lille,  Roubaix,  Tourcoign? 

The  repatriated  have  given  us  some  information  on  the 
subject.  "Repatriated"  is  a  strange  word  to  express  the  fact 
that  Frenchmen  are  leaving  enslaved  France  to  enter  free 
France.  According  to  these  refugee  friends,  the  works  in  Fives- 
Lille,  in  Roubaix,  in  Tourcoign,  and  the  churches  in  these 
cities  are  holding  their  own  and  developing.  In  Roubaix  and 
Tourcoign  we  hear  of  a  revival  of  religion  among  the  young 
boys,  the  churches  being  attended  not  only  by  the  regular  con- 
gregations, but  by  persons  of  intelligence  who  had  hitherto 
held  aloof  from  them. 

Notwithstanding  indescribable  physical  sufiferings  and 
moral  anguish,  the  spiritual  life  has  flowered  out  in  the  Foyer 
du  Pen'ple  at  Fives.   Not  that  the  situation  of  the  people  of  this 


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quarter  is  a  i)ri\ilegcd  one.  It  often  happens,  say  the  refugees, 
that  old  men  and  women  hrutally  torn  from  their  usual  habits 
of  life  by  the  invasion,  havino-  lost  their  families  and  all  that 
gave  interest  to  life  and  a  reason  for  living,  ignorant  of  faith 
in  God  and  of  its  high  consolations  and  compensations,  wander 
vaguely  about  the  towns  in  which  they  were  born.  These 
sooner  or  later  find  their  way  to  the  Foyer.  Many  others  are 
sent  back  from  Germany,  with  health  permanently  under- 
mined by  the  privations  they  have  endured.  These  flock  to 
the  meetings  in  the  Foyer  dii  Pen  pie  like  sheep  who  when  the 
storm  rages  over  the  countryside  press  closely  together  and 
crowd  around  their  shepherd. 

A  lady  writes  that  on  the  Sunday  evening  before  she  was 
expelled  from  the  country  she  could  not  find  a  seat  in  our 
great  hall  of  the  Foyer. 

The  Blue  Cross  (temperance  society)  has  90  active  mem- 
bers. The  Boys'  Union  has  62  elders  and  36  juniors.  There 
are  100  members  of  the  Young  Girls'  Union,  with  an  attend- 
ance of  sixty  at  their  meetings  in  the  Rayon.  There  are  still 
35  teachers  in  the  Sunday-school. 

The  two  buildings,  Le  Foyer  and  Le  Rayon,  have  been 
spared.  The  latter  is  occupied  by  the  municipality  for  the 
payment  of  allowances.  The  former  was  occupied  by  the 
American  Relief  Committee  until  the  rupture  with  Germany, 
since  when  it  has  become  the  headquarters  of  the  Spanish 
Relief  Committee.* 

The  horrors  of  the  week  of  deportations  can  never  be 
described.  A  lady  who  had  nothing  to  fear  for  herself  was 
utterly  unable  to  sleep  for  the  thought  of  the  young  girls  of 
her  acquaintance  who  were  being  carried  away.  The  officer 
was  free  to  call  out  the  name  of  anyone  he  chose;  no  one 
knew  whither  they  were  to  be  taken. 

I  have  seen  a  specimen  of  the  biscuit,  tasting  of  phos- 
phate, which  had  long  been  the  salvation  of  the  school  chil- 
dren. In  the  sacred  precincts  of  the  schoolroom  alone  could 
it  be  distributed  and  eaten.  This  precious  help  has  ceased, 
the  Americans  being  no  longer  able  to  carry  on  relief  work. 

*  These  occupations  have  not  interfered  with  the  religious  work  of 
the  two  buildings,  mainly  carried  on  in  the  evenings  and  on  Sunda>. 

AVti'.?  from  I'ijrs-I -illc  7 

We  liave  l)eeii  deeply  moved  on  liearin;;  our  American 
friends  exi)rcss  the  pain  of  their  ])owerlessncss  to  succor  this 
wretchedness,  as  the}'  would  fain  do,  even  at  the  cost  of  severe 

At  the  Foyer,  in  Fives-Lille,  Professor  Vallee,  seconded 
by  Messrs.  Waffler  and  Bousquin  and  several  zealous  women, 
is  still  the  soul  of  the  work.  He  has  never  ceased  to  lal)or, 
without  counting  what  it  is  costing  him  in  health. 

In  the  early  days  of  the  war  he  held  five  weekly  neigh- 
borhood meetings,  besides  organizing  relief,  visits  to  the  sick, 
encouragement  of  the  well,  funeral  services,  direction  of  the 
Christian  Union  and  other  works  at  the  Foyer.  Here  and 
there  in  the  citv  he  gave  lectures  on  culinary  matters  to  teach 
the  women  how  to  make  the  best  use  of  foodstuffs  furnished 
by  the  Spanish-American  Relief  Committee.  These  lectures 
had  a  great  success  from  the  moment  when  he  conceived  the 
bright  idea  of  having  the  women  taste  the  food  prepared  on 
the  spot  by  an  expert  cJief. 

A  committee  of  ladies  have  long  been  sewing,  and  have 
discovered  how  to  sell  new  shirts  at  twenty-five  cents  each. 
Love  has  its  own  ingenuities. 

In  their  frightful  condition,  which  daily  grows  worse,  our 
Christian  friends  have  found  comfort  in  meeting  together  to 
seek  for  strength  in  singing  hymns,  meditating  on  the  Gospel, 
and  prayer.  The  fine  moral  tone  of  the  Protestants  of  Fives 
has  been  much  noticed,  and  is  ascribed  to  the  precious  comfort 
and  help  which  they  derive  from  faith  and  intercommunion. 

Many  examples  of  their  fine  spirit  have  come  to  me.  I  will 
cite  only  one.  A  delicate  young  girl  devoted  herself  to  the 
Foyer  dii  Pcuple  without  considering  her  own  strength,  until 
her  very  life  was  imperiled.  A  refugee  said  of  her:  "She  is 
an  angel.  When  she  comes  to  the  Foyer  everything  seems 
to  go  better,  and  those  who  are  downcast  take  fresh  courage." 
I  have  been  able  to  send  her  a  message  begging  her  to  think 
of  herself,  and  take  steps  to  be  sent  to  free  France,  in  order 
to  receive  the  nursing  necessary  to  her  state  of  health.  Her 
answer  came  by  means  of  a  refugee:  "I  must  work  the  works 
of  Him  that  sent  me  while  it  is  day."  We  remember  her,  and  ' 
all  our  heroic  friends,  in  our  prayers. 


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To  THE  Greeting  of  the  A[cAi.l  ^Mission  Board 
.1/r.  President  and  Members  of  the  Committee : 

My  ears  would  have  to  be  slow  indeed  not  to  catch  at  least- 
something  of  the  (jualitv  of  your  gracious  words.  Before  I 
received  your  Resolution  of  July  5th,  T  had  said  to  myself, 
"If  they  want  me,  I  should  go."    When  I  read  it,  and  also 

Guex's  stirring  letter,  I  said,  "They  do  want  me,  and  I 
shall  go."  I  therefore  answered  him  promptly  in  the  affirma- 

You  have  thus  thrown  down  such  a  challenge  that  the  best 
that  a  man  can  give  would  not  begin  to  meet  it.  And  that  is 
as  it  should  be.  \\'e  think  of  the  one  whose  confession  of 
faith,  written  in  letters  of  gold  at  Pere  Lachaise,  was,  Christ 
est  ma  I'ie.  I  would  adopt  these  words,  and  prav  that  the 
days  to  come  may  reveal  more  of  the  depths  of  their  meaning. 

I  did  not  dream  of  the  fascination  of  these  first  busy  days 
wdth  you.  There  comes  a  point  in  one's  life  when  a  great  long- 
ing or  a  great  lack— whether  realized  or  not — is  suddenly 
satisfied.  I  had  not  known  that  I  was  hungry  for  this  work. 
How  could  I  know  ?  But  such  was  the  case,  as  is  already 
attested  by  the  glimpses  I  have  had  of  several  of  the  stations, 
by  the  valuable  personal  contacts  I  have  already  made  with 
many  who  can  help  us  in  these  various  phases  of  Christian 
work  in  France,  and  best  of  all  by  the  graceful  and  earnest 
welcome  I  have  received  from  all  whom  I  have  met.  And  I 
hasten  to  add  how  easv  the  first  days  were  made  for  me  by 
the  many  kindnesses  shown  me  by  my  friend  and  confrere 
Mr.  Berry. 

rjc  ^  :^  ^ 

T  am  thoroughly  aware  of  the  situation  in  which  the  war 
has  placed  you,  and  I  am  certainlv  ready  to  try  to  do  anything 
you  believe  I  can  do. 

I  greatly  hope  that  I  shall  be  able  to  bring  you  into  closer 
touch  with  our  good  friends,  the  Directors  of  the  American 
Association,  at  whose  bidding  I  am  here.  They  desire  me  to 
give  you  their  warmest  greetings.  They  would  hold  up  your 
hands,  you  who  are  veritably  on  the  line  of  fire.  They  can- 
not share  in  your  labors,  but  they  can  at  least  pray  and  work 

Mr.  Rcii'iHuld  Mr.  Ill's  /\'c.s-/'(;;?.sr 


to  give  yoii  the  support  and  the  means  which  you  need  in  order 
to  acconipHsh  your  work.  You  may  recall  that  this  Associa- 
tion was  formed  from  several  local  and  scattered  Auxiliaries 
on  the  occasion  of  the  visit  to  America  of  M.  Saillens  and  my 
father,  the  Rev.  Kohert  McAll,  in  1(S83.  What  a  happy  coin- 
cidence to  think  that  his  son  has  been  sent  l)ack  as  its  messen- 
ger, and  that  my  mother  still  lives  to  .share  this  joy. 

=jc        .     =1=  :|c  ^: 

We  all  love  la  donee  Franee,  but  w-e  who  come  among  you 
cannot  begin  to  divine  her  true  greatness.  When  the  beloved 
land  across  the  sea  has  had  its  baptism  of  fire,  too,  its  purging 
from  materialism,  its  revelation  of  true  womanhood,  and  has 
mastered  the  lesson  of  utter  self-surrender  wdiich  I  see  on 
every  hand,  then  only  will  it  be  able  to  appreciate  the  Soul 
of  France. 

Hi  *  *  * 

When  this  upheaval  ends  what  shall  the  harvest  be?  It 
depends  on  our  sowing.  Thev  talk  about  the  folly  of  military 
unpreparedness,  but  that  is  as  nothing  to  the  folly  of  unpre- 
paredness  in  the  Church  of  the  Living  God. 

Can  we  transnnite  the  force  of  the  mental  and  moral — to 
say  nothing  of  the  physical — sacrifice  of  self,  made  by  millions, 
into  that  highest  kind  of  self -surrender  at  the  feet  of  the  risen 
Lord?  /  knoii'  ean,  or  else  I  could  not  be  here,  and  I 
believe  we  are  laying  the  sure  foundations  for  the  process. 
*       *       *  * 

We  are  ambassadors,  or  as  I  prefer  to  call  it  in  homely 
simile,  salesmen,  with  an  abundant  supply  of  goods  which 
everybody  wants,  though  he  may  not  know  it,  and  with  no  real 
competition.  We  do  not  have  to  disparage  any  other  product, 
we  only  need  to  exhibit  our  wares  better,  more  continually, 
more  persuasively.  If  we  keep  them  before  the  eyes  and  ears 
and  mouth  of  our  prospective  customer  w-ell  enough  it  will  not 
be  our  fault  if  he  does  not  buy.  But  if  we  fail  to  show  our 
goods,  then  it  will  not  be  his  fault  but  ours  if  he  is  not 
attracted.  The  goods  are  there,  but  are  we  "there  with  the 
goods  ?" 

That  is  the  lesson  of  this  war  to  us.  The  temporal  pow- 
ers have  called  out  the  latent  heroism  of  man  at  the  clarion 

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call;  are  we  ohcving-  the  calling  to  which  (iod  has  called  us, 
and  have  we  steadfastness  to  point  the  world  to  the  One  who 
sufifered  all  its  sons  and  daughters  have  suffered,  and  more — 
to  llini.  whose  \ictory  was  final,  as  were  His  suffering  and 
bloody  death?  And  if  He  bids  us  love  unto  the  end — people 
who  may  not  always  be  attractive — let  us  again  be  partakers 
of  His  suft'erings,  and  loz'e  and  loir,  and  keep  on  loving.  In 
this  wa}-  we  shall  forget  the  Inu'dens  .we  ourselves  bear,  and  we 
shall  win  the  rewards  that  fall  to  the  good  and  faithful  ser- 
^•ant.  for  not  only  shall  we  enter  into  the  joy  of  our  Lord,  but 
we  shall  not  come 'into  His  presence  empty-handed. 


INI.  Vautrin 

We  have  had  a  good  day  with  the  Rev.  G.  T.  Berry,  of 
the  American  McAll  Association.  It  was  all  too  short,  but  I 
think  we  did  not  lose  a  minute.  I  arranged  four  meetings  of 
different  kinds  between  2  p.  m.  and  11  p.  m.  "I  have  never 
spoken  so  much  in  French  before,"  said  Mr.  Berry  at  the  end 
of  the  long  day !  He  did  not  mind  the  fatigue,  for  he  was 
deeply  interested  in  all  he  saw.  He  saw  the  children,  150  in 
number,  and  took  a  photo  of  the  group ;  then  he  was  in  the 
gymnasium,  and  witnessed  the  muster  of  the  band  of  boys  all  in 
costume.  Then  the  Sisterhood  were  about  100  in  number, 
and  the  younger  members  had  tastefullv  decorated  the  hall, 
the  American  flag  being  much  in  evidence. 

At  the  Soldiers'  Hall  I  had  arranged  a  little  concert  of 
violins  and  hauthois,  by  ten  young  artists  that  I  have  got 
together,  with  a  view  to  give  the  men  some  good  music  every 
two  or  three  months.  The  men  were  delighted,  and  when 
Mr.  Berry  came  in  the  American  National  Hymn  was  beau- 
tifully executed,  whereupon  Mr.  Berry  called  for  the  "Mar- 
seillaise." Mr.  Berrv  gave  an  appropriate  little  address  at 
each  gathering,  expressing  simply  and  clearly  his  personal 
faith  and  trust  in  the  Saviour.  One  phrase  I  much  appre- 
ciated wdiich  fell  from  his  lips  as  he  referred  to  his  voyage 
from  America  here,  "The  path  of  duty,  wherever  it  may  lead, 
is  never  dangerous." 

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Madamk  i)e  Grenier-Latour 

(This  interesting  letter  was  crowded  ont  of  the  Noveml)cr  Rixord. 
Though  we  now  give  later  news  of  the  I'csfinirc  from  the  pin  of 
M.  de  Grenier-Latour,  the  items  here  given  are  too  valuable  to  l)c 
omitted. — Editor.  | 

During  the  last  three  luontlis  we  liave  been  particularly 
busy.  We  have  had  many  new  refugees  coming  from  re-occu- 
pied territory  and  arriving  here  without  anything,  after  having 
seen  their  houses  pillaged  and  burned.  Some  were  in  such  a 
state  of  exhaustion  that  they  died  shortly  afterwards.  Others 
endured  great  anguish  in  seeing  their  husbands  and  sons  taken 
away  by  the  Germans,  they  knew  not  whither. 

Our  receptions  for  the  "V estiaire"  take  place  on  Thursday 
and  Saturday  afternoons  and  we  have  had  at  times  twenty 
people  to  furnish  with  all  the  necessities  of  life.  If  the  stories 
we  have  heard  have  been  very  sad,  we  have  also  seen  tears 
of  gratitude  for  the  reception  accorded  these  people  and  for 
the  gifts  given  them. 

To  our  generous  donors  goes  this  gratitude.  That  of 
the  mothers  expresses  itself  often  by  tears;. that  of  the  children 
may  be  read  in  their  smiles.  I  had  a  dear  little  boy  six  years 
old  arrive,  worn  out  with  fatigue,  coming  to  be  dressed  after 
twenty  days  spent  in  the  hospital,  imwilling  to  take  off  the 
pretty  little  suit  that  we  tried  on  him.  His  father  is  also  in 
the  hospital,  half  crazy  as  a  result  of  wounds  in  the  head,  but 
he  recognized  his  wife  and  child  and  they  hope  for  his  recovery. 

The  joy  of  the  old  people  is  sometimes  as  naive  as  that  of 
the  children.  One  of  our  poor  women  came  in  with  a  worn- 
out  pair  of  slippers  and  went  out  delighted  with  "shoes  of  a 
bride,"  said  she,  looking  with  a  smile  at  the  shoes  I  gave  her, 
and  they  were,  moreover,  men's  shoes,  the  only  ones  large 
enough  for  her  foot. 

That  leads  me  to  say  that  we  have  left  a  great  many  ladies' 
shoes  too  small  for  our  purpose  and  that  we  have  not  enough 
sufficiently  large  and  practical. 

The  last  case  of  children's  shoes  arrived  at  the  right  time 
for  being  distributed  to  those  who  were  going  to  the  country. 
Many  already  are  skipping  over  hill  and  dale  and  will  not  rest 


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on  the  way,  being  strongly  and  comfortably  shod.  We  wish 
to  thank  very  particularly  those  who  are  responsible  for  this 

But  our  "Cadets  dc  la  J'ictoirc,"  who  are  from  12  to  15 
years  old,  have  not  enough  shoes  large  enough  for  them  and 
here  these  shoes  are  priceless. 

We  have  received  quantities  of  boy's  blouses  and  very  few 
pants,  since  we  need  two  of  them  to  one  blouse ;  but  I  know 
that  these  are  more  difficult  to  make. 

Now  that  I  am  on  the  subject  of  requests  I  do  not  want  to 
forget  ladies'  stockings  in  brown  or  black.  They  are  always 
asking  for  these  and  we  have  but  very  few  and  those  we  have 
are  too  small.  The  big  box  of  goods  so  well  selected  is  almost 
entirely  made  up;  we  have  made  at  the  workrooms  with  its 
contents  hundreds  of  garments  and  underclothes  for  the  chil- 
dren of  our  Halls,  and  we  can  thus  complete  the  meagre  outfit 
of  all  those  who  leave  for  the  country.  The  layettes  are  also 
very  much  appreciated  and  we  will  soon  have  made  use  of  all 
of  them,  even  as  we  have  almost  finished  knitting  the  splendid 
stock  of  wool. 

Allow  me  to  accompany  you  at  one  of  our  regular 
"V estiaire"  receptions.  At  the  one  yesterday  I  had  but 
seventeen  people,  of  which  I  will  state  the  most  interesting 
cases.  It  began  by  two  young  women  soberly  dressed  in  black 
arriving  at  half  past  one.  They  had  been  sent  to  us  by  a 
worker,  himself  a  refugee  and  overseer  of  a  war  factory  where 
they  are  employed  as  telegraph  operators. 

One  lost  her  husband  on  the  field  of  honor  and  is  a  widow 
with  two  little  orphans  of  6  and  3  years,  who  were  there  too. 
The  eldest,  Genevieve,  fair  and  pale,  with  soft  blue  eyes ;  the 
second  a  fat  little  girl  with  black  eyes,  sitting  on  the  carpet  in 
order  that  she  might  better  see  the  good  looking  new  shoes 
which  I  had  just  given  her. 

After  having  attended  to  the  mother  and  her  little  girls  I 
sent  them  to  M.  de  Grenier  Latour,  who  listed  them  among 
the  orphans  to  send  you.  The  second  young  woman,  whose 
husband  is  at  the  front,  has  a  little  boy  of  seven  years  whom 
she  has  placed  in  the  country.  She  also  was  destitute  of  all 
necessities  for  them  both. 

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Tlien  came  a  refugee  from  the  North  nnitilatcd  hy  tlie  war. 
He  made  me  admire  his  artificial  leg  which  you  wouldn't  sus- 
pect, so  well  was  it  adjusted.  A  hullet  which  fell  in  the  trench 
had  crushed  his  foot;  the  large  scar  on  his  forehead  has  not 
disfigured  this  modest  hero,  but  on  his  workingman's  blouse 
was  the  ribbon  of  the  Croix  de  Guerre  and  the  one  given  to 
the  wounded.  How  happy  I  was  in  his  happiness  in  seeing 
him  transformed  by  a  fine  outfit  almost  new  and  made,  it  would 
seem,  to  measure,  so  well  did  it  fit  his  tall  figure.  On  adding 
hat,  collar,  tie  and  underclothes  I  reached  the  height  of  his 
desire,  but  he  remained  sad,  in  spite  of  all,  speaking  to  me  of 
his  wife  and  cliildren  who  remained  in  the  invaded  territory 
and  of  whom  he  knows  nothing.  I  encouraged  him.  begging 
him  to  l)ring  thcni  here  to  have  them  clothed  when  he  should 
have  the  joy  of  finding  them  again.  God  grant  that  this  may 
be  soon. 

With  him  is  a  young  cousin  employed  in  the  same  factory 
who  is  only  14  years  old.  He  is  the  oldest  of  four  boys  and  the 
father  has  been  a  prisoner  at  Mimster  almost  three  years.  The 
mother  is  a  frequenter  of  our  "Vcstiaire"  and  this  boy  came 
for  the  first  time  and  everything  pleased  him,  above  all  a  hat ; 
he  who  had  had  nothing  but  a  dilapidated  cap. 

Then  came  a  young  woman  with  a  baby  of  ten  months  in 
her  arms.  She  had  left  in  the  care  of  a  neighbor  a  little  girl 
of  two  years  who  can  barely  walk.  Her  husband  had  just  been 
taken  prisoner  and  asked  her  to  send  him  a  woolen  sweater 
for  the  winter.  I  have  promised  the  sweater  and  filled  the  bag 
which  she  carried  for  the  babies.  She  needed  to  be  encour- 
aged above  all.  Alone  with  her  little  ones  in  a  big  house  in 
Levallois,  near  Paris,  she  knew  no  one  here  and  only  went  out 
to  get  provisions.  She  left  with  a  good  jacket  on  her  back. 
She  had  no  coat  to  put  on  but  she  will  lack  nothing  more  of 
the  necessities  of  life  now  that  we  know  her.  ]\Iy  greatest  joy 
is  to  visit  these  poor  destitute  women  in  their  homes,  and  1 
often  regret  being  unable  to  be  in  two  places  at  once. 

But  I  must  close  dear  Madame.  I  trust  that  you  wall  find 
in  these  few  pages  something  to  interest  our  friends  and  to 
encourage  them  to  give  further,  since  alas  the  war  is  not  ended. 
Please  accept  for  them  and  for  yourself  our  sincere  gratitude. 


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S.  i)E  Grkxif.k-Latuur 

Writing;  for  Mme  de  Grenier-Latour,  let  me  briefly  say, 
with  retjard  to  the  summer  months,  tliat  tlie  distribution  of 
relief  and  of  clothing  to  the  refuj^ees  who  were  sent  to  us 
from  any  quarter  took  place  retjularly  every  week.  We  our- 
selves were  absent  from  July  16th  to  September  30th,  the  long 
absence  beintj  rendered  necessary  by  my  state  of  health  ;  but 
before  leaving'  town  we  had  made  arrangements  for  the  orderly 
prosecution  of  the  work,  and  we  are  able  to  say  that  the  dis- 
tributions were  made  with  all  wisdom. 

On  our  return  we  opened  the  boxes  that  had  been  sent  us 
by  your  Auxiliaries  during  our  absence.  Several  had  been 
three  months  on  the  way,  but  all  except  three  came  in  good 
condition.  Some  of  them  had  been  packed  with  extraordinary 
care  and  contained  articles  of  the  first  necessity,  particularly 
those  that  came  from  New  York,  Philadelphia  and  Easton. 

We  are  profoundly  grateful  that  you  so  largely  took  ac- 
count of  our  reciuests,  sending  us  shoes,  boys'  clothing  and 
food.  All  these  arrived  in  good  condition  and  at  the  most 
opportune  moment. 

You  have  showered  upon  the  homes  of  our  distressed 
families  a  veritable  wealth,  and  this  just  at  the  hour  when  they 
were  anxiously  wondering  how  their  children  would  make  out 
to  live  through  the  winter,  which  promises  to  be  very  severe. 
!•  therefore  am  sending  }'ou  by  the  hundreds  the  thanks  of  all 
these  little  ones  whom  vou  have  made  able  to  go  out  of  doors, 
to  attend  school  or  go  to  work,  without  the  fear  of  taking  cold. 

One  of  these  boys  who  had  received  a  pair  of  shoes  said 
to  me  last  week :  "As  for  me,  my  feet  are  in  the  United  States, 
my  head  is  in  France,  and  my  heart  between  the  two." 

"Now,"  said  another,  who  had  received  a  suit  of  clothes, 
"I  am  not  'worth  ten  cents,'  as  the  schoolmaster  said  I  was, 
I  am  worth  ten  dollars.    This  suit  will  last  me  all  my  life." 

And  how  many  others  would  say  the  same,  telling  theit 
gratitude  and  affection  as  these  little  Parisians  have  done. 

We  used  the  remnants  of  cloth  that  you  sent  us,  to  make 
trousers  for  men  and  growing  boys,  jackets  and  cloaks  for 

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Not  less  tluin  tlie  clotliinj^  do  the  foodstulYs  meet  a  need. 
It  was  becoming'  impossible  for  the  refufjees  and  poverty- 
stricken  families  that  surround  us  lO  procure  sufficient  nourish- 
ing food ;  for  example,  milk,  wheat  products  and  cereals.  Your 
boxes  of  Quaker  Oats,  hominy  and  condensed  milk  have 
enabled  us  to  revive  the  failing  vitality  of  refugee  families, 
exhausted  by  privation,  as  well  as  of  old  people  and  children. 

At  Salle  Cent  rale  alone,  during  the  month  of  October,  we 
distributed  clothing,  shoes,  foodstuf¥s,  etc.,  to  62  families  hav- 
ing an  average  of  5  persons  each,  56  lone  individuals  and  23 
soldiers.  Each  family  received  an  average  of  five  articles  per 
person,  whether  of  clothing  or  of  foodstuffs.  The  lone  indi- 
viduals received  in  the  same  proportion,  five  articles  each. 
We  gave  only  two  kinds  of  foodstuffs  to  a  family  and  only 
one  kind  to  lone  individuals. 

Needless  to  say  that  we  also  provided  for  the  most  press- 
ing needs  of  the  other  halls  in  Paris  and  in  the  provinces. 
Each  of  these  received  in  October  an  average  of  from  120  to 
140  articles. 

We  are  now  nearing  the  end  of  our  reserves.  Our 
z'cstiairc  (clothing  bureau")  needs  to  be  entirely  replenished. 

Again  we  need  shoes  for  men,  women  and  children ;  outer 
garments  for  voung  girls,  waists,  skirts  and  petticoats  for 
women.    We  are  entirely  out  of  wool. 

Two  months  should  be  allowed  for  the  arrival  of  boxes, 
after  shipment.  Therefore  those  which  are  despatched  in 
January  should  contain  garments  for  spring,  and,  if  possible, 

As  usual,  we  have  regularly  acknowledged  the  receipt  of 
articles  to  the  Auxiliaries,  Committees  or  individuals  who  sent 
them.  We  wish  we  could  express  to  each  our  gratitude  for  the 
evidences  they  give  of  their  sympathy  and  affection. 

Will  you  kindly  be  our  interpreter  to  each  and  every  one 
of  these  donors?  And  thank  you,  dear  Madame,  especially, 
and  the  Relief  Committee,  for  all  the  efforts  and  sacrifices 
which  you  are  making  to  solace  us  in  our  distress. 

From  the  \'auban  Quarter,  Marseilles,  MWe  M.  Carles 
writes  to  the  friends  in  America : 


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The  women  of  onr  Mothers'  Meeting',  profoundly  touched 
by  your  evidences  of  affection,  asked  me  to  be  the  interpreter 
of  their  gratitude.  With  a  heavy  heart,  I  have  often  Hstened 
to  the  recital  of  their  sorrows  and  I  also  would  express  my 
personal  thanks  for  the  gladness  which,  through  you,  I  have 
been  able  to  give  to  our  dear  habitues. 

For  many  of  our  women,  the  gifts  you  have  sent  have 
been  in  direct  answer  to  their  prayers,  and  one  of  them  said 
to  me,  "Never  again  can  I  doubt  God.  He  always  hears  my 
cry."  Our  children  of  the  Thursday  school  were  quite  crazy 
over  your  remembrances — the  boys  over  their  beautiful  tip- 
pets, the  girls  over  their  warm  scarfs.  One  of  our  little  girls, 
delegated  by  her  comrades,  composed  the  following  letter : 
"In  the  name  of  my  little  friends  of  the  school  of  M.  Biau, 
I  thank  you  for  the  pretty  and  useful  presents  you  have  sent 
us.  Could  you  only  know  of  the  joy  we  all  feel,  both  we  and 
our  fathers  and  mothers  at  this  exhibition  of  your  sympathy, 
sent  from  so  far  away !  Despite  the  distance,  however,  we  are 
all  upon  the  same  road,  that  which  leads  to  Jesus.  You  have 
realized  how  we  are  suffering  from  this  awful  war  and  have 
come  to  our  help.  God  grant  that  a  like  sorrow  may  never 
overtake  you.  (Signed)  A  little  distant  friend,  Germaine 

A  little  boy  thanks  you  equally  for  himself  and  his  com- 
rades and  signs  for  "A  little  battalion  enrolled  in  the  army  of 
Jesus  Christ." 

Perhaps  the  expressions  of  gratitude  for  the  parcels  sent 
to  the  soldiers  and  prisoners  are  the  most  touching  of  all. 
Every  soldier  from  the  Vauban  quarter,  without  a  single  excep- 
tion, received  a  Christmas  parcel.  Perhaps  you  can  realize  the 
joy  this  has  meant  at  the  front  and  among  those  left  at  home. 
One  mother  said  to  me,  "Oh,  God  is  good !  Not  having  the 
means  to  send  a  parcel  to  my  son,  a  prisoner,  I  made  the  matter 
a  subject  of  prayer,  and  behold,  here's  the  answer."  A  poor 
old  grandmother,  half  blind,  living  with  her  little  grandson 
of  twelve  years,  whose  father  is  at  the  front  and  whose  mother 
died  recently  in  the  hospital,  fairly  wept  with  joy  as  she 
thanked  me.  "My  poor  little  boy  did  so  want  to  send  some- 
thing to  his  father !    But  we  had  nothing,  lacking  even  the 

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ordinary  necessities  of  life  and  lie  resigned  himself  to  his  fate, 
sayiiif?,  'Vou  arc  rii^lit,  qrandina,  let  us  keep  our  sous  to  buy 
milk.'  Imagine  his  joy  when  he  was  (old  that  his  father  would 
have  a  Christmas  pareel  after  all,  and  please  tell  the  Amcriean 
friends  that  Clod  will  reward  tliem." 

A  man  from  the  trenches  writes:  "Thank  you  for  the 
parcel,  which  has  warmed  my  heart."  Another:  "When  I  was 
told  that  there  was  a  parcel  for  me  T  could  scarcely  believe  it, 
as  I  have  never  yet  received  anythinfj,  my  wife  being  always 
ill  and  scarcely  able  to  find  food  for  our  two  children,  so  that 
when  the  baggage-master  called  my  name  and  I  actually  had 
to  believe  the  news  perhaps  you  can  imagine  my  joy.  Many 
thanks,  both  for  myself  and  my  comrades  with  whom  I  have 

shared  your  gifts."   A.  C.  "I  have  said  my  'thank  you' 

to  God  and  now  send  it  also  to  the  friends  who  are  thinking 

of  and  praying  for  us."    F.   "It  was  a  princely  gift. 

Never  before  did  I  receive  anything  like  it.  May  God  bless 
those  who  have  had  us  in  mind." 

And  so  one  after  another  all  testify  their  gratitude.  Once 
again  my  own  thanks  to  all  the  dear  friends  and  thanks  to  God 
for  all  these  signs  of  sympathy,  which  will  continue  to  be  a 

Pastor  Dejarnac,  of  the  Paris  Board  of  Foreign  ?^Iissions, 
writes  to  the  Journal  des  Missions  Evangeliqiies  of  a  visit 
which  he  paid  to  our  hall  in  Amiens.  "In  the  audience  of 
about  a  hundred  persons,"  he  writes,  "were  forty-nine  iNIal- 
agasy  soldiers  of  four  dif¥erent  tribes,  headed  by  three  ser- 
geants and  two  corporals.  A  very  intelligent  and  sympathetic 
corporal  and  sergeant  arranged  with  me  for  a  mutual  service ; 
hymns  sung  by  the  ^lalagasy  alone,  by  the  French  alone,  by 
both  in  common  (the  same  air  but  the  words  in  different 
languages),  the  reading  of  the  parable  of  the  prodigal  son, 
translated  by  a  sergeant  verse  by  verse  into  Malagasy.  ]\Iy 
French  address  was  interpreted  by  the  corporal  for  the  benefit 
of  those  who  did  not  understand  French.  At  their  request  I 
offered  a  special  prayer  for  our  prisoners  in  Germany.  These 
soldiers  from  Madagascar  had  agreed  between  themselves  to 
send  aid  to  French  prisoners  in  Germanv  and  after  the  prayer 
they  took  up  a  contribution  amounting  to  27  fr.  30. 


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Georges  Galliexxe,  Cliaplain  in  the  Xazy. 

1 1  the  cha])laiii"s  ministry  were  limited  to  preaching  and 
the  care  of  souls  it  would,  after  all,  be  incomplete. 

\\'hat  would  the  Gospel  have  been  without  the  multiplica- 
tion of  loaves,  the  restoring  of  sight  to  Bartimeus,  the  healing 
of  the  lepers,  the  raising  of  Lazarus,  the  miracles  of  Him 
who  went  about  doing  good? 

When  one  gives  a  cup  of  water  to  the  wounded,  fresh 
linen  to  the  sick,  a  book  to  an  idle  sailor,  I  am  convinced  that 
a  religious  act  is  performed.  There  is  no  such  thing  as  a 
religious  act  and  a  social  act ;  there  is  only  one — the  good  act  !* 

Not  long  after  we  began  to  hold  religious  meetings  at 
Bizertat  we  were  led  to  open  our  hall  all  the  other  evenings  of 
the  week,  to  the  great  joy  of  passing  soldiers.  Tables  covered 
with  illustrated  papers  or  writing  material  took  the  place  of 
rows  of  chairs.  \\'e  had  no  more  faithful  attendants  than  the 
men  rescued  from  the  torpedoed  Gallia  as  long  as  they  were 
in  our  town. 

A=;  the  war  continued  we  felt  the  need  of  something  more; 
somiCthing  that  would  form  the  isolated  into  groups  and  reach 
those  who  were  not  attracted  by  our  various  meetings.  The 
idea  of  a  "fraternity  of  navy  men"  soon  occurred  to  us.  We 
drew  up  a  list  (too  short,  alas!)  of  those  we  could  count  upon 
for  help,  and  drew  up  a  plan  of  action.  It  was  warmly  ac- 
cepted by  our  chief.  Admiral  Guepratte,  who  accepted  the  presi- 
dency of  our  circle  of  "mutual  moral  help.'"  A  few  weeks  later 
he  inaugurated  our  foyer  in  a  family  festival  which  produced 
the  best  of  impressions. 

We  make  a  point  of  giving  our  Foyer  the  most  intimate 
character  possible.  Religious  and  patriotic  pictures  adorn  our 
walls ;  in  the  place  of  honor  hangs  the  portrait  of  our  president, 
signed  "In  memory  of  a  charming  evening  at  the  Fraternity 
of  Xavy  yien.  An  old  X'avy  man.  E.  Guepratte."  Here 
sailors  and  soldiers  gather  everv  evening  to  imagine  themselves 

*L'action  honiie.    There  is  no  English  equivalent  for  the  full  sig- 
nificance of  the  word  bonne  (good)  placed  after  the  noun. 
"On  the  Mediterranean  coast,  in  Algeria. 

The  Naval  Fi-atcniit'^ 


al  home.  Here  on  Sunday  we  asscnihlcd  for  meetings;  here 
we  have  our  Knj^Hsh  lessons,  our  games  of  various  sorts ; 
here  we  devise  means  of  heli)ing  comrades  less  favored  than 
we.  Every  month  we  send  out  l)y  the  hundred,  to  correspond- 
ing memhers  of  our  I'"raternity,  tracts  on  temperance,  morals 
and  religion.  Here  we  edit  and  despatch  by  the  thousand  our 
"Mariners'  Journal,"  which  serves  as  a  monthh'  bulletin. 

It  would  not  be  sincere  if  we  did  not  confess  that  some 
among  us  are  very  proud  of  our  new  title  of  journalist.  We 
watch  over  the  sales,  stimulate  the  street  Arabs  who  cry  our 
paper  along  the  quays,  work  up  advertisements,  and  have  so 
far  succeeded  that  tlie  Mariners'  Journal  is  as  well  known  in 
the  fleet  as  on  land. 

A  wide  corrcs])ondence  occupies  much  of  our  time,  and 
touching  letters  are  received  from  comrades  in  Dunkerque, 
Saloniki,  Argostoti,  Port  Said  and  elsewhere. 

I  must  close  with  mentioning  one  more  of  our  activities — 
the  organizing  of  public  fetes.  With  the  help  of  a  military 
preparatory  school  in  Bizerta,  we  gave,  in  the  end  of  Alarch, 
a  most  successful  temperance  matinee,  the  first  anti-alcoholic 
lecture  ever  given  to  the  public  of  this  city.  Presided  over  by 
the  Admiral,  who  is  military  governor  of  the  city,  who  ap- 
peared with  his  entire  staff,  our  fete  produced  the  best  results. 

Our  hall  at  Bordeaux,  founded  long  years  ago  by 
Dr.  ]\lcAll,  has  again  been  bereft  of  its  evangelist.  It  was  a 
woman,  i\llle  Gourhan,  whom  the  ^fission  sent  to  take  charge 
of  this  work,  no  man  being  available,  and  she  had  given  her- 
self to  the  work  with  all  self-devotion  and  efificiency.  But  she 
has  been  called  to  another  field — Saint  Verain  in  the  High- 
Alps,  the  highest  village  in  France  and  perhaps  in  the  world, 
being  2040  metres,  or  more  than  6800  feet,  above  the  level 
of  the  sea,  shut  apart  from  the  rest  of  the  world  by  snow 
during  several  months  of  the  year.  Here  this  devoted  woman 
is  exercising  the  combined  functions  of  school-teacher,  nurse 
and  evangelist.  We  are  proud  that  our  Mission  was  able  to 
furnish  so  capable  a  woman  to  this  mountain  service,  but  it 
will  be  hard  to  replace  her  at  Bordeaux. 


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Chaplain  Nick  writes:  The  entrance  of  the  United  States 
to  the  cause  of  the  Alhes  was  a  wonderful  joy,  a  real  blessing 
from  God.  It  came  just  at  the  moment  in  this  horrible  war 
when  the  burden  had  become  so  heavy  for  the  French  who 
had  borne  it  for  the  past  three  years. 

I  have  now  returned  to  the  army  and  can  speak  of  the 
beautiful  fruits  of  the  Gospel  in  the  hearts  of  many  of  our 
soldiers  who  belong  to  Christ,  some  of  them  won  by  the 
McAll  Mission.  Faith  in  the  Saviour  is  giving  them  wonder- 
ful calmness  in  danger,  courage  in  battle,  forgetfulness  of  self 
and  extraordinary  devotion  which  are  all  the  gifts  of  grace. 

M.  Noguiser,  formerly  an  evangelist  in  the  Fives-Lille 
Foyer,  is  now  at  Salonica,  and  while  doing  his  regular  duty 
as  a  soldier  is  also  taking  the  work  of  Chaplain.  About  fifty 
officers  and  soldiers  attend  his  services.  Many  come  to  him 
for  conversation  on  some  religious  subject.  He  is  happy  in 
the  thought  that  his  work  has  not  been  interrupted  by  the 
war,  but  is  simply  transferred  to  another  place. 

A  twenty  year  old  soldier  wrote  to  a  friend  "when  weary 
you  see  the  evening  coming  on,  knowing  that  the  night  will 
not  last  forever."  Very  shortly  after  he  entered  into  glory, 
having  fought  the  good  fight. 

An  officer  whose  regiment  was  decimated  by  German  guns 
in  the  terrible  attack  of  Craonne,  in  April,  1917,  wrote: 
"Thanks  to  God,  I  have  returned  safe  and  unharmed  from 
this  offensive.  I  thank  God  for  having  preserved  me  in  health 
during  these  days  and  nights.  What  calm,  what  peace,  I 
have  had  in  my  soul,  even  while  in  that  furnace,  and  what  a 
privilege  to  be  able  to  encourage  my  men,  to  give  them  orders 
calmly  and  quietly,  as  though  we  were  at  drill.  It  was  so 
sweet  to  think  of  all  those  whom  I  love  and  who  love  me, 
who  were  very  especially  praying  for  me  at  that  time." 

A  soldier  from  Lille  who  was  severely  wounded  in  the 
fierce  conflict,  has  only  gratitude  to  God  for  his  spared  life. 
He  wrote  to  Pastor  Nick :  "May  the  happy  moment  come  when 
we  shall  once  more  find  ourselves  in  our  dear  Lille." 

A  sub-lieutenant  writes  of  the  joy  he  had  in  a  service 
with  Chaplain  Nick  and  another  soldier  just  before  that  battle. 

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At  that  tras^ic  inonieiit  M.  Nick  kissed  him,  and  lie  writes: 
"It  was  truly  a  father's  kiss,  and  I  felt  that  God  would  give 
me  strength  to  do  my  duty." 

Another  young  man,  from  the  Foyer  du  Feuple,  who  had 
formerly  led  a  wicked  life,  has  heen  quite  changed  hy  the 
experiences  of  the  war,  and  writes  that  he  is  waiting  eagerly 
for  the  time  when  he  can  return  to  the  Foyer  as  a  faithful 
servant  of  the  Master. 

Another  writes  :  "I  am  wounded,  hut  if  I  have  done  any 
brave  acts  it  is  because  I  trusted  in  God.  I  was  sure  that  he 
watched  over  me.  Every  day  I  said,  'This  will  be  the  last !' 
and  each  time  I  returned  alive." 

All  these  brave  men  belonged  to  unbelieving  families  who 
had  been  brought  to  Christ  through  the  work  of  the  Mission 
in  Lille,  and  in  Him  they  are  finding  strength  to  be  faithful. 
Many  of  them  in  their  letters  speak  with  deep  affection  of 
Mme  Nick.  One  of  them  wrote :  "I  think  of  her  as  my 


M.  Soltau  writes  in  the  London  Record: 

"The  much-tried  Protestant  churches  of  France  have  been 
showing  how  faithful  they  are  in  adversity,  and  with  what 
courage  and  faith  they  have  maintained  their  work  during  the 
three  long  years  of  war  and  invasion.  For  the  second  time, 
the  Foreign  Missionary  Society  has  ended  the  financial  year 
without  a  deficit.  This  has  been  partly  owing  to  the  increase 
of  contributions  in  the  foreign  field,  and  partly  to  increased 
help  from  France.  While  large  sums  of  over  $2000  have 
been  fewer,  the  number  of  small  subscriptions  has  increased. 
All  this  is  most  cheering  for  our  French  brethren.  The  French 
churches  are  maintaining  Hz^e  different  missions,  any  one  of 
which  would  be  a  sufficiently  heavy  burden  for  them.  Let  us- 
remember  them  continually  in  our  prayers.  It  is  a  privilege 
to  be  in  any  measure  their  helper  in  these  anxious  times. 

No  less  than  seven  French  missionaries  have  been  killed 
or  have  died  in  the  last  three  years,  and  ten  students  or  can- 
didates have  been  killed  in  the  war.   This  means  a  most  serious; 


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(Icplt'tion  in  the  limited  band  of  men  who  are  laboring  in  the 
foreign  field.  Work  in  the  Cameroons  has  also  been  taken 
over  b\-  the  J'"rench  since  the  conquest  by  the  Allies,  the  Bale 
]\Jission  and  the  (lerman  l^aptist  Mission  needing  their  over- 
sight and  direction.   


Pastor  Gambier,  of  Dijon 

I  have  received  a  letter  from  a  Christian  woman  of  Pont- 
de-A  aux,  mother  of  two  children,  telling  me  that  she  was 
received  into  the  Church  of  Bourg,  together  with  five  others, 
on  Whit-Sunday.  It  was  the  twentieth  anniversary  of  the  day 
she  was  confirmed  in  the  Roman  Catholic  Church !  wSince  the 
boat,  La  Bonne  Nouvellc,  visited  Pont-de-Vaux  in  1914,  I  have 
been  corresponding  with  her,  and  she  has  been  several  times  to 
the  services  here.  She  says,  "I  am  so  happy  in  taking  this 
step;  I  feared  for  a  time  the  very  weakness  would  conquer 
my  faith,  but  the  Lord  came  to  my  help,  and  I  have  often 
thought  of  you,  dear  M.  Gambier,  as  being  the  first  to  awaken 
m_v  conscience,  and  I  feel  deeply  grateful  to  you."  The  dear 
woman  asks  me  to  try  and  influence  her  husband  who  had 
been  here  at  Dijon  for  a  long  time  and  is  now  in  camp  at 
Chalon.  This  is  again  a  direct  fruit  of  the  Mission  Boat,  and 
I  want  you  to  enjoy  with  me  its  flavor! 

Here,  at  Dijon,  yesterday  two  young  girls  took  the  Lord's 
Supper  for  the  first  time.  They  belong  to  Saint  Berain,  and 
have  been  under  religious  instruction  for  the  past  three  years. 
They  belong  to  two  families  won  for  the  Lord  in  1912  when 
the  boat  was  at  Saint  Berain.  A  fourth  convert  was  received 
on  the  same  Sunday  at  Montceaux-les-Mines. 

These  cheering  tidings  will'  gladden  our  many  friends. 


Our  readers  were  informed  by  the  November  Record 
that  our  valiant  little  Mission  boat,  after  its  war-vicissitudes, 
was  equipped  as  a  Foyer  dii  Soldat  and  stationed  at  Soissons 
with  its  former  "captain,"  M.  Brochet,  until  then  an  army 
chaplain,  again  in  charge.  Our  gratification  that  M.  Brochet 
was  "thus  happily   withdrawn   from   the   firing   line,"  was 

To  Joffrc  in  .liiicrica 


somewhat  premature.  Soissons  is  so  near  to  the  scene  of 
active  operations  that  it  is  all  the  more  useful  to  the  soldiers 
in  their  hrief  intervals  of  rest,  but  neither  the  boat  nor  its 
■"cajitain"  is  entirely  beyond  danger.  Tlie  military  authorities 
allotted  to  the  boat  a  station  near  a  bridge  which  the  foe  was 
very  anxious  to  destroy,  and  lately  more  than  one  bomb  has 
come  perilously  near  to  our  quiet  Foyer  dii  Soldat.  One  which 
fell  at  the  entrance  to  the  bridge  killed  several  men,  and  still 
more  recently,  whije  about  a  hundred  poilns  were  reading, 
writing  or  chattering  in  this  pleasant  retreat,  a  bomb  fell 
within  twenty  yards  of  the  boat,  scattering  earth  and  stones 
all  over  it  and  breaking  its  windows.  Had  it  fallen  a  few 
inches  nearer,  on  the  concrete  pavement  of  the  quay,  instead 
of  in  the  soft  earth  of  a  garden,  no  doubt  the  boat  would  have 
been  destroyed.  In  our  prayers  for  the  Mission  let  us  not 
forget  M.  Brochet  at  his  perilous  post. 


Man  of  the  Alarne !    With  France, 
With  you — for  you  are  France — 
We  are  ALLIES  AGAIN  ! 
Then,  may  now  our  laggard  fingers 
Braid  a  wreath 

To  lay  upon  your  dauntless  brow  ? 

^Ve  will  not  fashion  it  from  severed  leaves 

That  fade,  but  from  a  living  plant 

AMiose  roots  invisible  are  buried  deep 

In  countless  thrilling  hearts  ; 

So  shall  the  dews  of  deathless  gratitude 

Forever  keep  it  fresh  and  fair  for  you; 

For  A  ou,  who  with  calm  might  held  back 

The  barbarous  hordes  that  else  had  us, 

As  well  as  you,  o'erwhelmed  ! 

Yet,  JofTre,  brave  JotTre, 
Can  you  and  your  heroic  land 
Forget  the  shame  of  our  delay. 
Forgive  us  that  we  come  so  late  ? 

M.XRY  L.  D.  MacFarland 


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Mrs.  William  R.  Nicholson 

In  the  death  on  Sunday,  Deceniher  9th,  of  Mrs.  Nichol- 
son, the  last  link  that  bound  the  American  McAll  Association 
of  today  with  the  beginning-  of  its  existence  was  broken. 
Mrs.  Xicholson  was  a  charter  member  of  the  Association, 
the  last  survivor  of  that  enthusiastic  band,  who  nearly  thirty- 
five  }ears  ago  met  to  form  the  four  existing  McAll  Auxiliaries 
into  a  national  organization.  Even  longer  than  this  has  been 
INlrs.  Nicholson's  service  in  this  cause,  for  the  Philadelphia 
Auxiliary  is  now  in  its  thirty-eighth  year  of  activity,  and  she 
was  one  of  its  early  members. 

Katherine  S.  Parker  was  born  in  Boston  eighty-two  years 
ago,  and  married  Dr.  Nicholson  when  he  was  rector  of  St. 
Paul's  Church,  in  that  city.  When  her  distinguished  husband 
entered  the  Reformed  Episcopal  Church,  and  subsequently 
became  Bishop  of  its  New  York  and  Philadelphia  Synod,  she 
ably  assisted  him  in  all  his  plans.  With  the  charitable  work 
of  her  Church  she  was  prominently  identified.  She  was  one 
of  the  founders  of  its  W^oman's  Foreign  Missionary  Society, 
and  for  many  years  its  president.  Her  activities  were  never 
confined  within  church  lines.  Not  only  the  American  McAll 
Association,  but  the  Young  Women's  Christian  Association, 
and  especially  the  Children's  Foster  Home  had  her  devoted 
service,  while  to  every  good  work  she  gave  her  sympathy  and 
in  an  important  measure  her  co-operation. 

!Mrs.  Nicholson's  personality  made  her  a  power  in  what- 
ever she  undertook.  Fearless  in  the  utterance  of  her  convic- 
tions, tireless  in  activity,  of  marked  intelligence  and  ability, 
none  who  had  the  privilege  of  working  with  her  will  ever 
forget  her.  Failing  health  has  gradually  withdrawn  her  from 
the  councils  of  the  McAll  Mission  as  of  her  other  benevolent 
interests,  but  she  will  long  be  remembered  by  those  who  were- 
associated  with  her  in  this  work.  Her  end  was  peace.  "A 
beautiful  death,"  said  one  who  was  near  her.  She  quietly 
slipped  away  from  life  and  entered  in  measureless  tranquillity 
into  the  joy  of  her  Lord. 

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As  we  lo  press  the  sad  news  comes  of  tlic  dcalli  on 
Monday,  December  17lh,  of  Miss  Isabel  Wallace  Senii)lc,  a 
director  of  the  I>oard.  I'urlbcr  notice  will  ajjpear  in  our  next 

Forty  presidents  or  delegates  and  directors 
'^'^Conkrltce'*'      ^^''^  present  with  eight  presidents  and 

delegates  from  Junior  Auxiliaries.  To  the 
two  (|uestions  previously  sent  to  the  Auxiliaries  for  reply  at 
this  time,  as  to  the  most  successful  feature  of  work  during  the 
past  and  the  work  to  be  stressed  during  next  year,  two  answers 
were  predominant :  war  relief  in  the  past  and  future,  and 
Junior  Auxiliary  or  League  work.  Baltimore  was  hoping  to 
see  fine  results  from  the  annual  meeting  of  last  May;  others 
emphasized  the  importance  of  "releasing  more  prayer  power," 
■co-operation  secured  from  outside  the  Auxiliary,  newspaper 
publicity  and  the  importance  of  securing  "interesting  speakers.'' 
The  presence  of  so  many  Junior  delegates  was  a  real  inspira- 
tion and  after  they  had  met  by  themselves  under  Miss  Law- 
son's  chairmanship,'  the  brief  addresses  which  each  and  all 
made  before  the  Seniors  were  of  most  happy  augury  for  their 
future  usefulness,  not  only,  but  for  the  new  strength  which  the 
elder  auxiliaries  may  expect  to  find  in  their  co-operation. 
Hartford  Juniors  have  adopted  three  war  orphans  for  ten 
years,  and  propose  to  start  ten  Junior  Auxiliaries  in  the  near 
future.  The  newly-formed  Philadelphia  Junior  Auxiliary,  rep- 
resented by  president  and  delegate,  was  already  looking 
forward  to  giving  new  members  to  the  Senior  Auxiliary  in  the 
course  of  the  years.  The  Orange  Juniors  emphasized  the  im- 
portance of  "getting  the  girls  interested  in  the  spiritual  side 
of  our  work,  and  that  it  is  not  solely  the  relief  work  that  we 
are  going  after."  Elizabeth  also  is  endeavoring  to  "impress 
the  girls  with  the  evangelical  side  of  the  Mission."  An  inter- 
esting feature  of  the  afternoon  session  was  an  address  from 
Pastor  Mctor  Monod,  Chaplain  in  the  French  Navy,  a  former 
worker  in  the  Mission,  who  had  come  to  this  country  bearing 
a  message  from  the  French  Protestant  Churches  to  the 
Churches  of  America.  Pastor  Monod  read  the  alTecting  list 
of  ministers  and  ministers'  sons  killed  in  the  war,  a  list  of 
churches  destroyed,  including  the  McAll  building  at  St.  Quen- 


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tin,  which  had  been  used  by  the  invaders  as  a  stable,  and  most 
movingly  described  the  present  situation  due  to  the  scarcity 
of  coal,  the  enhanced  cost  of  living  and  the  number  of  refu- 
gees from  the  invaded  regions.  M.  Monod  showed  a  number 
of  telling  ])hotographs.  In  summing  up  Mrs.  Colgate  said, 
in  part :  "We  are  at  war.  We  must  realize  that.  Carry  on, 
carry  on.    Remember  your  responsibility.    Carry  on !" 

After  Milwaukee,  Philadelphia.  This 
Our  Latest  Baby  T^u^iQi-  Auxiliary  first  saw  the  light  on 
Wednesday,  November  7,  1917,  with  Miss 
Charlotte  Morris,  president.  A  week  later  a  business  meeting 
was  called,  which  began  a  vigorous  life  by  organizing  six  com- 
mittees:  a  "Sewing  Committee,"  to  make  children's  garments, 
and  a  "Knitting  Committee,"  to  make  children's  sweaters, 
babies'  blankets  and  women's  shawls ;  these  two  committees 
necessitating  two  others,  a  "Packing"  and  a  "Purchasing"  com- 
mittee, the  two  remaining  being  the  indispensable  "Ways  and 
Means  Committee,"  to  keep  the  Treasury  replenished,  and  the 
equally  important  "Lookout  Committee,"  to  help  acquire  new 
members.  The  first  three  committees  have  each  a  weekly  meet- 
ing, and  the  remaining  three  meet  at  the  call  of  the  chairmen. 
All  the  work  is  more  or  less  correlated,  so  a  regular  busi- 
ness meeting  for  all  concerned  is  held  once  a  month,  with  bi- 
monthly executive  meetings.    Fine  results  are  already  evident. 

A  number  of  garments  have  been  completed  hy  the  Sewing 
Committee,  the  chairman  being  fortunate  enough  to  secure  a 
sewing  machine  which  greatly  facilitates  the  work. 

Some  wool  was  donated  to  the  Knitting  Committee,  and 
a  large  quantity  was  purchased  at  wholesale,  those  who  take 
it  being  held  strictly  responsible  for  the  return  of  the  finished 
articles  within  a  given  time.  The  "free  wool"  has  proved  an 
attractive  bait,  and  we  expect  good  results  from  this  branch 
of  the  work. 

Our  Auxiliary  now  numbers  over  fifty,  but  the  campaign 
has  hardly  begun.  All  are  co-operating  heartily  with  the  com- 
mittee in  this  important  task. 

Plans  are  now  well  under  way  for  a  large  entertainment, 
to  be  given  as  soon  after  Christmas  as  practicable.    We  hope 

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to  raise  enough  money  at  tliat  time  to  put  us  on  our  feet, 
financially  speaking-,  so  tiial  we  nia\  extend  our  activities  and 
expand  without  restraint. 

Within  the  first  month  of  our  existence,  in  addition  to 
our  regular  work  of  committees,  we  filled  and  sent  off  fifty 
children's  Christmas  stockings,  which,  with  such  practical 
articles  as  soap,  handkerchiefs,  gloves,  etc.,  contained  each  a 
box  of  candy,  and  at  least  one  toy,  so  that  every  child  who 
received  one  would  know  that  it  was  Christmas  indeed ! 
Every  member  was  ])rivileged  to  make  a  voluntary  contrilju- 
tion  of  an  individual  stocking.  She  then  ])ai(i  a  dollar  to  the 
collector,  and  wrote  out  her  own  Christmas  greeting  card  in 
French,  giving  her  name  and  address  in  case  the  always  polite 
little  French  child  should  wish  to  thank  his  or  her  Santa 
Clans  by  mail. 

At  the  same  time  the  packing  committee  shipped  mis- 
cellaneous articles,  mainly  woolen  garments. 

Looking  back  over  the  one  short  month  of  our  existence, 
we  are  greatly  encouraged  and  feel  that  we  have  at  least 
justified  our  formation.  We  all  realize  that  our  success  is 
mainly  due  to  the  advice  and  assistance  of  Mrs.  Wm.  ]\L  Wills, 
chairman  of  the  committee  which  undertook  the  work  of 
"forming"  us.  We  all  appreciate  her  valuable  aid.  Another 
kind  friend  to  whom  we  owe  much  is  Miss  Palmer,  through 
whose  efforts  we  obtained  our  delightfully  cheery  headquarters 
in  the  center  of  town,  1629  Chestnut  Street. 

Numerous  other  "helping  hands"  have  been  stretched  out 
to  us,  and  to  all  of  these  we  are  deeply  grateful.  We  feel  it 
incumbent  upon  us  to  do  big  things.  It  is  not  in  a  boastful 
spirit  that  we  say  with  the  trolley  car  advertisements,  "Watch 
us  grow  !"  The  President. 

The  Publication  Committee  of  the  Board 
Circulate  the  Record   has  sent  to  each  Auxiliary  a  letter  urging 

the  appointment  by  each  of  a  Secretary 
"whose  duty  it  will  be  to  urge  all  friends  of  the  ^lission  to  sub- 
scribe for  The  Record,  and  also  to  bring  it  to  the  notice  of 
those  who  do  not  yet  know  the  work."  It  is  to  be  hoped  that 
these  Secretaries  have  already  been  or  will  immediately  be 
appointed,  and  that  they  are  taking  their  ofifice  very  seriously. 


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l*'special!y  it  is  to  he  hojied  that  they  will  take  the  hint 
sns;£;cste(l  in  the  letter  for  having-  our  little  mat^azine  placed  in 
all  Public  Libraries. 

Those  who  are  enjoying  the  opportunity 
Fund'^***°°        distribute  freely  our  literature,  especially 

our  new  junior  leaflet,  "A  Chat  with  our 
Juniors,"  and  the  revised  edition  of  the  ever-indispensable 
"Twelve  Questions  Answered,"  will  not  need  to  reflect  very 
deeply  in  order  to  realize  that  the  expense  of  printing  the 
literature  so  freely  put  at  their  disposal  is  a  serious  item.  It 
will  not  surprise  them  to  learn  that  gifts  of  money  to  the 
Publication  Fund  are  entirely  in  order,  and  will  be  gratefully 

This  ever-active  Auxiliary  has  launched  a 
New  Haven       "Fourth  War  Relief  Fund"  for  the  McAll 

Mission.  A  leaflet  has  been  widely  cir- 
culated, giving  extracts  from  IMr.  Berry's  Paris  letters  to  the 
Association,  with  names  of  the  President,  Vice-Presidents  and 
other  officers  of  the  Auxiliary,  and  the  important  reminder 
that  contributions  to  this  fund  are  independent  of  the  annual 
subscriptions  which  maintain  the  evangelistic  work  of  the 
Mission.  Late  advices  are  to  the  effect  that  the  leaflet  has 
brought  in  $635. 

The  four  Depots  are  in  working  order,  and 
Relief  Work       leaflets  of  information  have  been  sent  in 

quantity  to  each  Auxiliary  for  local  dis- 
tribution. Already  the  stimulus  of  this  organized  shipping 
agency  is  making  itself  felt  in  an  increased  number  of  boxes 
and  parcels  received  at  the  depots. 

It  is  pleasant  news  that  Mrs.  Charles  E. 

.  I?"*  S"'^  Greig,  wife  of  the  former  Director  of  the 
in  This  Country         .    .        .  ,  .  ... 

Mission,  IS  now  in  this  country,  visiting  a 

married  daughter  in  ]\Iorristown,  N.  J.  Those  of  us  who  have 
known  ]\Irs.  Greig  in  Paris  know  that  she  is  capable  of  telling 
a  delightful  story  of  the  Mission,  and  they  will  surely  wish  to 

IIouic  Prpartninit 


invite  her  to  speak  at  Auxiliary  meetings.  A  letter  to  her, 
sent  to  the  care  of  the  Secretary  of  the  Morristovvn  Aux- 
iliary, Mrs.  L.  15.  Stiles,  9  Prospect  Street,  will  find  her. 

The  reward  for  well-doing  is  always  the 
The  Call  For  Relief  op])orlunity  to  do  more.  The  faithful  ser- 
vant who  had  made  the  most  of  his  lord's 
property  was  rewarded  hy  heing  oiven  the  arduous  task  of 
ruling  over  ten  cities.  So  to  those  of  our  Auxiliaries  and 
especially  of  our  Juniors  who  have  been  busy  all  summer 
serving  the  French  refugees,  and  other  persons  imiJover- 
ished  by  the  war,  comes  the  call  to  keep  on  serving  and  col- 
lecting food  supplies.  M.  de  Grenier-Latour  tells  us  in  his 
article  on  p.  15  that  at  the  end  of  October  the  vestiaire  was 
empt}-,  and  the  food  supplies  low.  Numerous  boxes  have  no 
doubt  been  sent  over  since  that  time,  but  the  need  grows 
ever  greater  and  it  must  be  supplied  by  our  increased  assiduity 
in  relief  work.  A  report  from  Paris  shows  that  more  than 
27,300  garments  have  been  received  from  America  and  dis- 

Of  course,  everv  Auxiliarv  was  eager  to 
The  Field  Secretary's    ^.^^^j^^  ^  ^j^j^  ^^^^  ^  ^^^^^ 

Activities  .,  ,       ^       ,  .  .  „  , 

possible  after  his  return  from  J:' ranee,  and 
it  would  appear  that  he  was  not  less  eager  to  meet  the  Aux- 
iliaries and  tell  his  wonderful  story.  Up  to  this  writing  his 
itinerary  has  included  Hartford,  Easthampton,  Northampton, 
Springfield — where  1200  people  gathered  in  Old  First  Church 
to  hear  him — New  Britain,  Elizabeth,  Easton,  Belvidere,  New 
Brunswick,  Plainfield,  Newark,  Buffalo — where  he  spoke  four 
times — Meriden,  Princeton,  Boston ;  a  second  visit  to  Eliza- 
betli,  and  on  December  30th  at  Center  Church,  New  Haven, 
morning  service.  Sandwiched  between  these  engagements 
were  several  addresses  in  New  York,  at  St.  Andrew's  M.  E. 
Church,  Mrs.  Knox's  School,  the  New  York  Auxiliary  at  the 
McDowell  Club,  and  at  Plymouth  Church,  Brooklyn — 
crowded  to  the  last  seat  in  the  galleries.  "Never  since  I  stood 
on  the  platform  anywhere,''  he  writes,  "have  I  had  such 
audiences  as  this  fall.  It  is  wonderful  to  see  the  American 
enthusiasm  for  anything  and  everything  concerning  France." 


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It  is  to  be  hoped  that  the  Auxiharies,  and  friends  of  the  Mis- 
sion where  there  is  no  Auxihary.  will  arrange  with  the  large 
churches  in  their  neighborhoods  to  give  the  Field  Secretary  a 
hearing.  Red  Cross  Auxiliaries  and  other  organizations  for 
French  Relief  would  find  it  to  their  advantage  to  engage  -\Ir. 
Berry  to  speak  before  their  members. 

whom  no  one  is  better  qualified  to  present  the  work  in  its 
environment.  Miss  Martha  K.  Lawson  presented  the  cause 
at  Chambersburg,  Pa.,  and  Miss  Margaret  Wells  of  Hartford 
to  the  Young  Women's  Assembly  at  Northfield,  Mass. 

List  of  Workers  tx  the  Mission,  October,  1917 

[The  war  and  death  liave  sadly  depleted  the  working  forces 
of  the  Mission  Populaire,  but  those  who  are  left  are  valiantly 
endeavoring  to  fill  every  breach.  _  The  list  will  not  only  interest 
but  inspire  those  on  this  side  of  the  water  who  are  working  with 
them. — Editor.] 

Salic  Ccntralc — Director,  M.  S.  de  ( Irenier  de  Latour; 
Woman-worker,  Mile  Cecile  Paul;  Volunteer  Assistants,  Mile 
de  Grenier  de  Latour,  Mrs.  IMesny,  Mme  la  Baronne  de  Xeuf- 
ville,  Mme  Vachon,  Mme  Fouche,  Mile  Jeanne  Paul,  Mile  de 

Faubourg  Saint  Antoine — Director,  Rev.  Charles  E. 
Greig ;  Woman-worker  (temporary),  Mme  Brochet ;  \'olun- 
teer  Assistants,  Mrs.  Greig,  Mile  Raimond,  Mme  Boudet. 

La  Jlllefte — Director,  'M.  le  pasteur  Guex ;  Woman- 
worker,  Mile  Gardiol ;  Assistants,  Mile  Couture,  Miss  Ransom, 
Mme  Striibi ;  Door-keeper,  M.  Schmidt. 

Crenelle  and  Javel — Director,  with  the  colors;  Woman- 
workers,  Mile  Flandrois,  Mile  M.  Monod ;  Assistants,  ]Mme 
Gallienne,  Mme  Doucet,  Mme  Pourchayre,  Mme  Cadiz,  ]\Ime 
Fassin,  Mme  de  Mestral,  ]\Ime  Basset. 

Nationale  and  Bicctre — Director,  M.  le  pasteur  H.  Merle 
d'Aubigne ;   Woman-workers,   i\Illes   Caburet  and   Minault ; 

At  Summer 

During  the  summer  the  interests  of  the 
McAll  Mission  were  ably  presented  at 
Northfield   by   Prof.   J.    C.    Bracq,  than 

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Assistants,  Mile  Jeanne  Meiic  (rAulns^nc,  Mile  Iv'iuster,  Mme 

Alfortvillc — Director,  M.  le  pasteur  Charles  Wyler; 
Woman-worker,  Mile  Maigne. 

Bonne  Nouvclle — Door-keepers,  MM.  Andre,  Beaufils, 
Cuche;  Ladies  at  the  door,  Miles  Lucie  Hoertcl  and  Cartier; 
Speakers,  MM.  Guex,  Wyler,  Hirsch,  Bonnet,  Russier,  Keck, 


Amiem — Workers,  Mme  Bruce,  Mme  Eugene  Lockert. 
Desires — Workers,  Mme  Canet,  AL  Mitoire,  M.  le  pasteur 
Arbousse-Bastide  of  Boulogne. 
Corsica — Pastor  Monnet. 
Bordeaux — Pastor  de  Robert. 

Marseilles — Pastor  Biau,  Mme  Carles,  Miles  Dubus,  Bin- 
gneau,  Martin. 

Nantes — AL  and  Mme  Chastand,  M.  and  Mme  Garnier. 
Nemours — Mme  Cooreman,  ]\L  and  Mme  Darley. 
Nice — ]\L  and  Mme  Malan. 
Rouen — M.  and  Mme  A'autrin. 
St.  Etienne — Mme  Borel. 

Fives-Lille — Professor  A'allee  and  Mile  Oposka. 
Roiibaix — Pastor  Paradon. 

Itiner.\nt  Work 
La  Bonne  Nouvclle — M.  Dautry. 

Soneuses — \'annes   and   St.    Nazaire,    M.    Mme,  Mile 

Automobile — AL  Sainton. 

Semeiise  du  Nord  (Shut  up  in  Tourcoing) — M.  Neboit 
at  the  Foyer  du-  Soldat  at  Marseilles. 

Semeuse  Parisienne  (Lying  at  Montataire — Oise). 

Semeuse  du  Sud,  at  Carmaux  (Tarn) — AL  Tricot,  former- 
ly in  the  Mission  and  now  pastor  at  Carmaux,  is  working  the 
Semeuse  for  the  "Union  d' Evangelisation  dcs  Eglises  Litres." 

Le  Bon  Messager — Now  a  Foyer  du  Soldat  for  the  Mis-  • 
sion  and  the  Y.  M.  C.  A.    IvL  Brochet,  Director  of  the  Foyer. 


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OcToiiER  12 — Decemuf.k  i;)]7 

MAIXE,  $108.35 

Augusta   $108  00 

Portland    35 

VERMONT,  $72.00 

Bennington    $72  00 


Andover  Friends    $9  00 

Boston  Auxiliary    61  15 

Eastliami>ton  Auxiliary    57  30 

Pittsfield  Auxiliary    216  00 

Salem,  Legacy  from   Estate  of 

.Mary  N.  Cleaveland   300  00 

Worcester  Auxiliary    130  52 

CONNECTICUT.  $851.04 

Hartford   .Auxiliary   $189  00 

Hartford  Junior  .\uxiliary   64  00 

Hartford  West  Cong"l  S.  School     15  00 

Meriden  .Auxiliary    55  49 

New  Haven  Auxiliary   435  00 

Norwich  .\uxiliary    77  55 

New  Britain  Au.xiliary   15  00 

NEW  YORK,  $2,988.96 
Brooklyn  Lafayette  .-\ve.  Pre.s. 

S.  School   

Buffalo  .\uxiliary   

Forest  Hills   

Ithaca  Circle   

New  Haven,  Special  Gift  1, 

New  York  .\uxiliary  

New  York  Collegiate  Church  of 

St.  Nicholas   

Rochester,     Special     Gift  "In 

Memory  Rev.   T.  P.  Sankev, 

D.D."   :.i, 


Syracuse  .\uxiliary   

Troy  .\uxiliary   

Utica  Auxiliary   

$12  00 
168  61 


112  00 
000  00 
36  00 

35  00 

500  00 

2  25 

36  00 

14  60 

72  00 

NEW  JERSEY,  $1,327.11 

Belvidere  Auxiliary   $103  40 

Bloomfield,  1st  Pres.  Church..       6  50 

Elizabeth  Auxiliary    189  66 

Lakewood    36  00 

Montclair  .Vuxiliarv    144  00 

NEW  JERSEY— Continued 

Newark  .\uxiliarv    203  00 

New   Brunswick  "Auxiliary   203  00 

Orange  Auxiliary    337  55 

Plainfield  .Auxiliary    4  00 

Princeton  Auxiliary    100  GO 

PENNSYLVANIA,  $1,779.86 

Chester  .Auxiliary    $41  00 

Easton   .Auxiliary    217  60 

Kingston  Sunday-School    12  41 

Philadelphia  .Auxiliary    605  09 

Philadelphia  Junior  Auxiliary..  72  00 

Pittsburgh  Auxiliary    558  26 

.Sewickley  .Auxiliary   228  00 

West  Chester  Auxiliary   45  50 

DEL.AWARE,  $110.00 
Wilmington  Auxiliary   $110  00 

MARYLAND,  $760.00 

Baltimore  Auxiliary   $190  00 

"Legacy  from  Member  of  Aux- 
iliary" .<   570  00 

Washington   $405  11 

INDIANA,  $87.00 
Indianapolis  Auxiliary   $87  00 

ILLINOIS,  $25.00 
Chicago  Auxiliary    $25  00 

TENNESSEE,  $22.25 

Kingsport    $22  25 

MISSOURI,  $36.00 
Caruthersville     Sigma  Sigma 

Sigma  Sorority    $36  00 

MICHIGAN,  $85.00 

Detroit  Auxiliary    $85  00 

MINNESOT.A,  $104.00 

Minneapolis  Auxiliary   $104  00 

UTAH,  $5.00 
Salt  Lake  City   $5  00 

Received  from  Individuals  and  Auxiliaries  in  Response  to  the  Appeals  of 
the  Summer  Executive  Committee 

October  10— December  14,  1917 

Appeal  No.  I.     French    Soldiers   $105  00 

Appeal  No.  II.     Rehabilitation  of  Northern  France   382  00 

Appeal  No.  III.     Refugee  Families    57  00 

Appeal  No.  IV.    War  Orphans    560  00 

I  do  give  and  devise  to  the  American  McAll  Association 
the  following  described  property. 

I  do  give,  devise  and  bequeath  to  the  American  McAIl 
Association  the  sum  of  dollars. 



V'<>.  Ch AS.  {I.  Parkhurst,  The  Ansonia,  73d  St.  and  Broadway, New  York  City 

First  Vice-President 
Mks.  James  C.  Colgate,  46  West  57th  Street,  New  York  City 

Second  Vice-President 
Mrs.  George  E.  Dimock,  907  N.  Broad  Street,  Elizabeth,  N.  J. 
(.'\ppointcd  by  the  Board,  May  10,  1917) 

State  Vice-Presidents 

Mrs.  David  R.  Craig,  Eastern  Mass.  Mrs.  Henry  A.  Loughlin,  Western 
Miss  Anna  L.  Dawes,  Western  Mass.  Penna. 

Miss  E.  C.  McVickar,  Rhode  Island  Miss  Grace  W.  Fisher,  Maryland 

Mrs.  H.  B.  Allln,  Connecticut  Mrs.  Dupllv  P.  Ai.lkn,  Ohio 

Mrs.  Charles  H.  Fuxd,  ConTiecticut  Mrs.  James  A.  Garfield,  Northern 
Mi.-;s  Alletta  Lent,  Eastern  N.  Y.  Ohio 

Mrs.  J.  Warren  Goddard,  New  York  Mrs.  W.  W.  Seely,  Southern  Ohio 

City  Mrs.  T.  C.  Day,  Indiana 

Mrs.  Horace  A.  Noble,  Western  N.  Y.  Mrs.  T.  B.  Blackstone,  Illinois 

Mrs.  Samuel  M.  Vail,  Northern  N.  Y.  Mrs.  Edw.  H.  Semple,  Missouri 

Miss  Anna  Duryee,  New  Jersey  Mrs.  Truman  H.  Newberry,  Michigan 

Mrs.  F.  B.  Dwight,  New  Jersey  Mrs.  Oren  Scotten,  Michigan 

Mrs.  Frederick  G.  Mead,  New  Jersey  Mrs.  A.  L.  Crocker,  Minnesota 

Mrs.  H.  N.  Paul,  Eastern  Penna.  Mrs.  Wm.  J.  Dean,  Minnesota 


Mrs.  Abraham  R.  Perkins,  302  W.  Upsal  Street,  Germantown,  Philadelphia 
Corresponding  Secretary 
Mrs.  H.  L.  Wayland,  511  S.  Forty-second  Street,  Philadelphia 

Recording  Secretary 
Mrs.  Edward  Yates  Hill,  1014  Clinton  Street,  Philadelphia 
Secretary  of  Literature 
Mrs.  Adam  H.  Fetterolf,  1936  Pine  Street,  Philadelphia 
Secretary  of  Sunday  School  Work 
Mrs.  Frank  B.  Kelley,  455  Madison  Avenue,  Elizabeth,  N.  J. 

General  Secretary 
Miss  Harriet  Harvey,  Bureau,  1710  Chestnut  Street,  Philadelphia 
Field  Secretary 
Rev.  George  T.  Berry,  156  Fifth  Avenue,  New  York 
Advisory  Committee 
Alba  B.  Johnson  John  Gribbel      Edward  H.  Bonsall 


J.  H.  Jefferis  Harry  S.  Hopper 

Board  of  Directors 

Mrs.  Charles  H.  Parkhurst,  N.  Y.       Mrs.  John  F.  Keator,  Philadelphia 
Mrs.  James  C.  Colgate,  New  York         Mrs.  RonrJiTS  LeBoutillier,  Phila. 
Mrs.  George  E.  Dimock,  Elizabeth,  N.J.  Mrs.  Louise  S.  Houghton,  Phila. 
Mrs.  Abraham  R.  Perkins,  Philadelphia  Mrs.  J.  Lewis  Crozer,  Chester,  Pa. 
Mrs.  H.  L.  Wayland,  Philadelphia         Miss  Isabel  W.  Semple,  Philadelphia 
Mrs.  Edward  Yates  Hill,  Philadelphia    Mrs.  John  Gray  Foster,  Plainfield,  N.J. 
Mrs.  Adam  H.  Fetterolf,  Philadelphia    Mrs.  James  T.  Young,  Phila. 
Mrs.  Frank  B.  Kelley,  Elizabeth,  N.  J.    Miss  Emily  W.  Palmer,  Philadelphia 
Mrs.  W.  R,  Nicholson,  Philadelphia       Mrs.  Homer  Addams,  Phila. 

Mrs.  Clarf.nce  H.  Wickham,  Hartford 


Rev,  H.  Bach 

Vi  ce  -  Prps  j  d  ?  n  t$ 

Rev.  B.  Couve         Rev.  Chauncey  W.  Goodrich,  D.  D.   Mr.  O.  Beigbeder 
Secretary  Treasurer 

Rev.  Chas.  E.  Greig;  Rev.  Samuel  Gout;  Rev.  E.  Allegret;  Mr.  Rogkr 
Merlin;  Prof.  J.  Monnier;  Hon.  Eugene  R6veillaud;  Rev.  R. 
Saillens;  Mr.  L.  Vanden  Perren  Twyeffort,  and  Rev.  E.  Bonnet. 

Rev.  Henri  Guex 

General  Agent  (Field  Secretary) 
Mr.  Samuel  de  Grenier-Latour 

Correspondinp'  Secretary  for  the  United  States 
Rev.  Henri  Merle  d'Aubign^: 

8  Boulevard  Bonne-Nouvelle 

(Salle  Baltimore) 
1  Rue  Pierre  Levee  (Central  Hall) 
(Mr.  S.  de  Grenier-Latour) 
135  Rue  de  Crimee,  La  Villette 

(Rev.  Henri  Guex) 
142  Rue  du  Faubourg-St.-.^ntoine 
(Rev.  Chas.  E.  Greig) 


fl9  Rue  de  I'Avre,  Crenelle 
157  Rue  St.  Charles,  Javel 
(Rev.  Georges  Gallienne) 
157  Rue  Nationale 
8  Rue  Danton,  Kremlin-Bicetre 
(Rev.  H.  Merle  d'Aubigne) 
105  Rue  Veron,  Alfortville 
(Rev.  Ch.  Wyler) 
■    67  Rue  du  Theatre,  Pantin 
Temporarily  closed 


Ajaccio,  AuUene,  Corsica  Pastor  Monnet 

Amiens,  54  Rue  des  Archers  

Bethune,  Rue  de  la  Gendarmerie  Mr.  Th.  TRiriER 

Bordeaux,  65  Rue  d'Arier  

Calais,  93  route  de  Guines  Mr.  Henri  Brun 

Desvres,  Rue  du  Temple  Mr.  J.  Canet 

Fives-Lille,  165  Rue  Pierre  le  Grand  Pastor  Henri  Nick 

Lagny-sur-Marne,  9  Rue  St.  Denis  Pastor  Boyer 

Lourches,  Rue  de  la  Mairie  Pastor  Farelly 

Marseilles,  40  Quai  du  Port;  35  Boulevard 

Vauban;  10  Rue  Bernard  Pastor  Louis  Biau 

Nantes,  5  Rue  Amiral  du  ChafFault  Mr.  E.  Chastand 

Nemours,  7  Rue  du  Champ  de  Mars  Mr.  J.  Cooreman 

Nice,  12  Avenue  Borriglione;  26  Rue  de 

France   Mr.  Arnold  Malan 

Roubaix,  123  Boulevard  de  Belfort  Pastor  Parapon 

Rouen,  124  Rue  St.  Hilaire  Mr.  C.  Vautrin 


Saint-Etienne,  Rue  de  la  Republique  

Saint-Quentin,  11  Rue  Thiers  

Vannes   M.  Sainton 


La  Bonne  Nouvelle   M.  L.  Dautry 

Le  Bon  Messager  M.  H.  Brochet 


Tourcoign  St.  Nazaire,  Vannes,  Montataire  and  Caniiaux' 

1  Rue  Pierre  Levee  (Central  Hall)